A tour of Split can’t be complete without the Dalmatian tradition of strolling the Riva (in your Sunday best – every day of the week) and then sitting to enjoy a coffee at one of the many outdoor cafes. Lined with palms, this promenade stretches for 623 meters and is the best place in the city to get your dose of people watching. It’s also your best reference point for Split. The bus station is to the East, Diocletian’s Palace or the Old City right behind you.
Follow the Riva around to the West you’ll arrive at the new Zapadna Obala (western waterfront promenade). This promenade is a kind of a seaside continuation of the Riva. This new ‘it’ place-to-be is paved entirely with white stone from Brac Island, and look down because along the promenade, embedded into the stone, are bronze plates celebrating Croatian Olympic athletes.
If you stop for a drink here, there’s a great view of Split’s Old Town behind you.